Thursday's three-hour delay leaving Miami made me miss my first connecting flight. Upon arrival in Juneau at about 1:00 p.m. Friday I did some light hiking near the Mendenhall Glacier and drove the course. With my metabolism four hours off Eastern time, and having gotten maybe two hours' actual sleep Thursday night in the Dallas-Fort Worth airport, I had no problem turning in early Friday night and sleeping well. I left the hotel at 5:25 a.m. for the 6:00 a.m. start—got halfway there and realized I'd left my CamelBak at the hotel! After speeding back to retrieve it I made it to the marathon start line with three minutes to spare.
Some of us gathered at Bullwinkle's for pizza at 6:00 p.m. I enjoyed the group time and led a toast for race director Ben Van Alen and the production team. As I knew I wouldn't feel up for much of anything else Sunday, I changed my afternoon return ticket to the morning and arrived in Miami Sunday night.
Post-race at Bullwinkle's. Race Director Ben Van Alen at far left.